The FBI was under what many might consider partisan attacks as it relates to the Trump/Russia investigation. But news came out that sheds light on the FBI fumbling information they received about the Parkland shooter in January.
There was a breakdown somewhere and Marco Rubio is not happy:
Sen. Marco Rubio and other political figures blasted the FBI for failing to investigate a report about the Parkland school shooter.
“It is inexcusable that the FBI failed to follow protocols and inform the Miami Field Office that people close to the Parkland, FL shooter warned the Bureau over a month ago of his desire to kill, his mental state, and erratic behavior,” Rubio said in a statement.
“The fact that the FBI is investigating this failure is not enough. Both the House and Senate need to immediately initiate their own investigations into the FBI’s protocols for ensuring tips from the public about potential killers are followed through. Lawmakers and law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls.”
It is hard to fault him for being angry. Nobody can say for sure if the shooting would have been prevented had the FBI followed up. But that’s irrelevant. At a time when mentally disturbed individuals are making names for themselves by going out and attempting to kill as many people as possible, there is zero excuse for the FBI not to have followed up on a tip.
Rubio wants to have hearings and who can blame him?